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Playa Santa Series - Works on Paper

The ongoing Playa Santa Series is comprised of works on paper created in Playa Santa, Puerto Rico. Playa Santa is a small fishing village in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico, where I spend part of the winter working in a roof top studio. The panoramic views of the turquoise Caribbean collide with vivid skies to create endless painting combinations. Other influences include the local bio-luminescent bays and underwater sea life.

 

The sun’s 95-degree heat is the perfect alchemical agent to transform oil paint. The process includes many thin organic paint layers poured on top of one another. The painting is then left in the direct sun light where the mineral spirits evaporate and the oil paint residue becomes the final painting. This process emphasizes “chance and order.” I am not in control of the painting but have to work with the “chance” of the pour. I then edit the painting to create “order.” Some final paintings resolve quickly with three of four layers of paint, while others seem to encompass many lives (layers) before they are completed. I never know what form the final painting will take until it arrives. People often ask how do you know when a piece is finished? If I have to ask if myself if it’s finished then it’s not.

Playa Santa 1b, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 1b, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 2a, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 2a, 17” x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 2b, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 2b, 17” x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 1a, oil on duralar film, 14” x 17”, $2900

Playa Santa 1a, 14” x 17”, $2900

Playa Santa 3b, oil on duralar film, 14” x 17”, $2900

Playa Santa 3b, 14” x 17”, $2900

Playa Santa 3a, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 3a, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 5a, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 5a, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 5b, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 5b, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 6a, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 6a, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 6c, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 6c, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 6d, oil on duralar film, 22” x 17”, 3400

Playa Santa 6d, 22” x 17”, 3400

Playa Santa 4a, oil on duralar film, 14” x 17”, (sold)

Playa Santa 4a, 14” x 17”, (sold)

Playa Santa 10a, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 10a, 17” x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 7, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 7, 17” x 14”, (sold)

 Playa Santa 8, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 8, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 9, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

 Playa Santa 9, 17” x 14”, $2900

 Playa Santa 11a, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 11a, 17” x 14”, $2900

 Playa Santa 11b, oil on duralar film, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 11b, 17” x 14”, $2900

Playa Santa 13, oil on duralar film, 17”x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 13, 17”x 14”, (sold)

Playa Santa 12, oil on duralar film, 14” x 17”, (sold)

Playa Santa 12, 14” x 17”, (sold)

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